Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bloomin' Orchid

Paphiopedilum Philippinense

  The large slipper orchid I got in the spring for my birthday sent up its first spike and bloomed over the New Year!  I got this from Fantasy Orchids in Louisville, CO which is just an incredible greenhouse. I bought it out-of-bloom, so this was especially exciting to witness as it progressed over the month of December and in to the 2014.  The technical name is Paphiopedilum Philippinense and they are known for their long petals which are currently at 7" on the first bloom.

Paphiopedilum - Three open, one to go.

Paph "tentacles" emerge

Paph Staminode

A pretty good Festivus present.